Author Archives: Laura Bernstein

The Journey Continues by Dr. Laura Bernstein

May 25

Tomorrow is Lag BaOmer, the 33rd day of the Omer.  The counting of the Omer marks the period from Passover, commemorating the Jews’ Exodus from Egypt, to Shavuot, commemorating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. The journey from Egypt to Sinai was not only physical, but it was also spiritual.  The Israelites had […]

Giving is a Joyful Sacrifice by Dr. Laura Bernstein

Apr 14

In preparation for writing this blog, I decided to review this week’s parsha, Metzora.  Not an easy read unless you are a physician who is familiar with dermatology and urology; however, when we dig through the excruciating details and examine it deeper, there are some powerful messages that speak to Temple Beth El.  This week’s […]

Managing Transitions is a Blessed Journey by Dr. Laura Bernstein

Feb 25

Navigating and managing transitions is not about forgetting our history and starting everything anew; rather it is about respecting and celebrating what and who we say goodbye to, living fully in the present, and preparing for the future. Transition is about a sacred journey –a journey we will be blessed to share together. There are […]

Amazing Gifts by Dr. Laura Bernstein

Dec 10

A new riding helmet. A pair of barn boots. Barbie clothes. Movies. Games. Toy horses. These are some of the gifts my daughter has received this Chanukah. What I have received is a half-eaten lollipop, a prized necklace and bracelet, an original drawing, and the blessing of a smile, hug, and cuddle. Exactly seven years […]

Souls of Our Students Launches Today by Dr. Laura Bernstein

Oct 29

Reform Judaism and my personal belief structure is guided by the basic tenet that all of us are created in the divine image (b’tselem Elohim). Temple Beth El has a strong history of working for the full inclusion and civil rights of our LGBT community, and I’m pleased to share our efforts continue today with […]

Make a Good Choice! by Dr. Laura Bernstein, Executive Director

Aug 20

One of the basic responsibilities we have as Jewish parents and a community at large is to teach our children to live Jewishly. The Shema, which we say morning and night (and also includes the V’ahavta), says to impress upon our children the importance of our words, our actions, and everything we do in all […]


May 14

When we think about what it means to perform a mitzvah, we might think of an extraordinary act of altruism or a great gift of charity, but a mitzvah can really be big or small and can include very simple acts of kindness… a helpful hand to older person, a kind word to lift someone […]


Feb 17

This week’s Parasha, Terumah, provides us lessons on how to fashion a sanctuary for God’s presence.  We read about seemingly insignificant details sharing the precise blend and dimensions of arcacia wood needed for the ark and are provided with a list of materials—wooden planks with silver rings and stakes of copper for example—to enclose the […]